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Prisoners: Voting

Volume 712: debated on Wednesday 1 July 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in considering allowing prisoners to vote, they will take into account the views of victims, particularly in respect of murder and other serious crimes against the person. [HL4556]

The Government will take into account the views of victims of crime in considering the voting rights of convicted prisoners. The Government launched their second stage consultation on this issue on 8 April, and in order to give a voice to victims of crime, copies of the consultation paper have been sent to organisations such as the Victims Advisory Panel, Victim Support, the Survivor's Trust, Support after Murder and Manslaughter and Women's Aid. It is envisaged that these organisations will reflect in their responses the views of victims of crime and their families.